Transwomen may have a right to be pregnant, argue bioethicists

Nov 14, 2021 by

by Michael Cook, BioEdge:

Do transgender women (ie, natal males) have a right to experience pregnancy? Two Italian doctors from the University of Rome Sapienza argue in Acta Biomedica that technology is advancing so fast that we need to confront this question.

At the moment uterine transplants (UTx) are rare and often unsuccessful. But as surgeons improve their techniques, it may be possible for a natal male to give birth. “Such an option will mark a point where the set of moral and ethical precepts which we espouse could soon become obsolete,” they write.

Surveys show, they claim, that transwomen believe that “having a transplanted, functioning uterus and vagina would benefit their sex life and perceived sense of femininity, improving quality of life overall.”

The reasoning is simple: if surgery is ethically necessary to alleviate gender dysphoria, UTx must be ethical as well:

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